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Exploring What Matters Course
February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, 4 March, 2019
New course to help make London a happier and more caring place, backed by the Dalai Lama
* 8-week course proven to leave people happier and more likely to help others *
Exploring What Matters is an in-depth 8-week course for use by local community groups. It was developed by Action for Happiness and has been found to be a highly effective way of promoting wellbeing and building social cohesion. Evaluation surveys from over 1,000 previous course attendees have showed significant improvements in both the personal wellbeing and also in the pro-social behaviour of the course participants.
The course is based on groups of up to 25 people exploring “big questions” together each week. The questions/themes for the 8 sessions are as follows:
What really matters in life?
What actually makes us happy?
Can we find peace of mind?
How should we treat others?
What makes for great relationships?
Can we be happier at work?
Can we build happier communities?
How can we create a happier world?
Each weekly session follows the same structured format, which includes:
Tuning In. Starting each session with short mindfulness and gratitude exercises to create a calm and positive atmosphere and to encourage friendly connections.
Expert View. Watching a short video relating to the theme, including talks by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richard Layard, Karen Armstrong, Ed Diener and Brene Brown.
Personal View. Reflecting on personal experiences relating to that week’s theme.
Did You Know? Learning interesting new ideas based on the latest research.
Group Discussion. Having an in-depth discussion in small groups of 3-4 people.
Action. Committing to a personal action to take based on what has been discussed.
Provision of the course is based on a model which aims to encourage generosity and fairness. Participants are asked to make a donation to attend, in order to contribute to the costs of materials, venue hire and other expenses. The recommended weekly donation is £10 but this is optional and participants are able to choose what they give, so that the course remains open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. Participants who are able to give more help to ensure the course is available for those who have less.
To find out more please email Jane Mallen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticket details: Book at: http://afh-wanstead-14-jan.eventbrite.co.uk
About Action for Happiness
Action for Happiness helps people take action to improve mental wellbeing, both for themselves and others. Since launch in 2011 it has helped over 100,000 people take practical action in their homes, workplaces, schools and communities. The movement’s vision is a happier and more caring society, with far fewer people suffering with mental health problems and far more people feeling good, functioning well and helping others.
Action for Happiness was founded by Lord Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan and Sir Anthony Seldon and its patron is The Dalai Lama. It has over 100,000 members in 170 countries and an online community of over 1 million followers. It provides evidence-based resources to help people; runs courses and training for communities, schools and organisations; and promotes cultural change towards a more compassionate way of life.